Marine researchers using aerial drones to film a newly discovered species of Australian dolphin say the bird's eye view is shedding new light on the mammals' behaviour, with researchers hoping the information will help with conservation efforts.
Any drone pilot that’s been lucky enough to fly the original DJI Inspire will tell you that there aren’t many better aerial photography platforms out there. But that hasn’t stopped Ocean Alliance – a marine conservation organisation based in the states – from finding an alternative use for its set of Inspires.
Last year, researchers from Murdoch University analyzed video taken off the western coast of Australia. The film — which appeared on Phys.Org — includes images of a very rare white southern right whale calf suckling from its mother.It was a score for researchers and the general public alike. And it none of it would have been possible without a drone.
The sight of a 50-foot whale breaching is breathtaking. Water slides down the whale's back as it leaps above the surface, shooting spray in the air and then crashing back into the water. The powerful ocean giants make their own waves with mighty, mid-air twists and turns.